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Arlene Johnson
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Subject:        Don't get arrested!!!
Date:           Aug 24, 2006 2:53 PM
U.S. government wants to begin using prisoners for medical experiments
(NewsTarget) A new report by the Institute of Medicine recommends easing 
current restrictions on the use of prisoners in medical experiments to allow 
inmates to "benefit" from clinical trials.
But this comment is yet another whopping lie. There are two reasons why this 
recommendation will be pushed through. The pharmaceutical companies want to be 
free to experiment on cheap human guinea pigs without fear of reprisal. And the 
mafia-run prisons also want the option of permanently 'neutralizing' so-called 
insurgents that they deem uncontrollable -- under the auspices of 
'experimentation gone wrong'.  Plans for arresting -- as 'domestic insurgents' 
-- outspoken dissidents who have criticized the US government in fact are 
already under way.
Critics of the plan cite past abuses of prisoners by pharmaceutical companies 
and medical researchers as reasons to keep rigid restrictions on medical 
experimentation in place. About 300 former inmates have sued Penn drug 
researcher Albert Kligman for allegedly experimenting on them in 1964 with 
infectious agents, dioxin, radioactive isotopes and psychotropic drugs. Inmates 
were blatantly lied to and told the chemicals they were testing were harmless.
Following the Holmesburg scandal, the federal government placed strict 
limitations on performing medical experiments on prisoners, but the new 
Institute of Medicine report suggests prisoners should once again be used to 
test therapies in the final phase of FDA approval, as long as the trials do not 
involve cosmetic toxicity testing, and half the trial members are not inmates.
However, the Holmesburg prisoners represent only one of many cases of 
government-sponsored abuse at the hands of medical researchers. According to 
extensive research (, 
prisoners have been experimented on with everything from malaria and hepatitis 
to cancer and cholera. Cases of performing vivisections on live prisoners have 
even been reported.
Ernest D. Prentice, chair of the Institute of Medicine's advisory board, says 
the current regulations "were written in an era of protectionism -- that taking 
part in research was bad and (prisoners) needed to be protected. We don't have 
that same view anymore."
Temple University professor Allen M. Hornblum, author of "Acres of Skin," which 
details the experiments performed at Holmesburg, says prisoners should not be 
used in medical experiments, and that the new report "is like putting (on) the 
Good Housekeeping seal, saying it's now okay to do some of these things."
However, the Institute's committee members say past mistakes in medical 
experimentation must be learned from and moved past. The report also says that 
with the prison population booming, prisoners are in need of new medicines that 
could help treat diseases from hepatitis to AIDS.
Pharmaceutical companies typically recruit poor people for medical experiments, 
but with the number of drug experiments on the rise, and with fewer people 
willing to voluntarily participate in such trials, opening the prison 
population to medical experimentation would allow drug companies access to a 
huge population of low-cost guinea pigs and getting rid of political 
troublemakers at the same time.

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